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Clowney named to Maxwell, Bednarik watch lists

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney signs autographs during the 2013 Garnet & Black Game at Williams-Brice Stadium.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney signs autographs during the 2013 Garnet & Black Game at Williams-Brice Stadium. gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been named to both the Maxwell and Bednarik Award Watch Lists for 2013 as announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday.

Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks.

Clowney was a finalist last year for the Bednarik Award and is one of six defensive players in the country named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 25. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12.

The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential.

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